Autism Education Lawyers Carson City NV

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State Education Agency Rural Representative (Carson City)
(775) 687-1000
Rural Clinics Community Mental Health, 503 N. Division Street
Carson City, NV
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Government/State Agency

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Center for Advanced Learning
(775) 841-5500
1818 E. College Parkway
Carson City, NV
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Publications, Research, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Nevada State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
(775) 687-4452
Department of Human Resources, 3656 Research Way, Suite 32
Carson City, NV
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Nevada Bureau of Early Intervention Services
3427 Goni Road, Suite 108
Carson City, NV
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Early Intervention, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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Nevada State Coordinator for NCLB (No Child Left Behind)
(775) 687-9185
School Improvement Program, Office of Special Education, Elementary and Sec
Carson City, NV
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Government/State Agency

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Bureau of Family Health Services
(775) 684-4285
3427 Goni Road, Suite 108
Carson City, NV
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Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling

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Nevada Office of Disability Services
(775) 687-4452
3656 Research Way, Suite 32
Carson City, NV
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative
(775) 687-4452
Department of Human Resources, Office of Disability Service, 3656 Research
Carson City, NV
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Government/State Agency, Other

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The Nevada Department of Education (Carson City Main Location)
(775) 687-9200
700 E. Fifth Street, Suite 113
Carson City, NV
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Government/State Agency

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Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities
(775) 687-4452
3656 Research Way, Suite 32
Carson City, NV
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Autism, Homework & Beyond

Autism, homework & beyond

Michelle Garcia Winner

Our daily lives are made up of an endless stream of thoughts, decisions, actions and reactions to the people and environment in which we live. The internal and external actions fit together, sometimes seamlessly sometimes not, largely dependent upon a set of invisible yet highly important skills we call Executive Functioning (EF). These skills, which involve planning, organizing, sequencing, prioritizing, shifting attention, and time management can be well-developed in some people (think traffic controllers, wedding planners, business CEOs, etc.) and less developed in others. They are vital in all parts of life, from making coffee to running a profitable business. The skills develop naturally, without specific, formal training, and we all have them to some degree - or at least, we all assume we all have them.

Things are never quite as simple as they seem, and these EF skills are no exception. They require a multi-tiered hierarchy of decisions and actions, all coming together within the framework of time, knowledge and resources.

Imagine trying to navigate life when EF skills are impaired or nonexistent, as they are with individuals on the autism spectrum. For most of us, our imagination won't stretch that far. Therefore, we assume all these kids - especially those who are "bright" - have EF skills and we act and react to our spectrum children or students as if they did.

Nowhere does this EF skill deficit cause more turmoil than in the area of homework, producing monstrous levels of anxiety and dread in students, parents and teachers alike. The myriad of details that need to be accomplished in a student's class, school day or week can overwhelm even the healthiest student; it can shut down our ASD kids.

I am regularly asked: if tasks are so overwhelming to their EF systems, should we just avoid having students deal with them? The answer is an unequivocal emphatic "NO!" Organizational skills are life skills, not just school skills, and even though they are "mandatory prerequisites" for succeeding at school, like social skills they are rarely directly taught. Few states include explicit teaching of EF skills in their "standards of education."

So where do we start? First, by understanding how complex organizational systems become by the time students reach middle school. We can only be good teachers if we appreciate the demands the skills we teach place on our students.

Second, by understanding organization as a skill set, which involves static and dynamic systems.

Static organizational systems and skills are structured: same thing, same time, same place, same way. Static organizational tasks are introduced in kindergarten, first and second grade. We break down tasks and ask students to explicitly complete very defined units of information, at a certain time and place. Write your name at the top of the page, read the instructions, complete the work, when done turn the paper over...

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